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Dynamite Hack Talks Band Origin, Hits Road

Dynamite Hack has just hit the road to play a few club dates and radio festivals in support of its just-released new album, "Superfast," and in July the Hack will hook up with Eve 6 and Goldfinger for a joint tour.

The band is enjoying a radio hit with its cover of "Boyz-N-The Hood," and the "Caddyshack"-inspired video for the song is currently in rotation on both MTV and MTV2 (see [article id="1428479"]"Dynamite Hack On Avoiding 'Gangsta' Vid For 'Boyz'"[/article]).

Dynamite Hack formed in Austin, Texas when several University of Texas students -- a group that included guitarist-vocalist Mark Morris, bassist-vocalist Chad Robinson, and guitarist Mike Vlahakis -- moved into a house together.

"We just met each other through friends and stuff," Robinson told MTV News, "and

then [we]

ended up all getting along and moving into a house together. Everybody was into music, and when you've got that many people in a house together, someone's gonna tell somebody else what they're doing wrong on their song, y'know, 'Man, you need to do this on that, buddy.'" [RealAudio]

"It started with Chad, who was real into different kinds of music back then," Morris added, "and I was writing songs that were a lot wussier than our stuff now."

"I wouldn't let go of grunge," Robinson noted.

"Chad kind of liked [music that was] real heavy and screaming," Morris continued, "and

I was real soft and Richard Marx-y, and then together we kind of --"

"Met on Weezer ground," interjected Robinson.

"We heard Weezer," Morris said, "and so I kind of turned his heavier stuff into more melodic stuff, even though I'm not responsible for the melodies, I'm not trying to say that, but I maybe helped guide them there. And he helped to guide me to grow some balls. Then we lived in the house together, and Mike played guitar, and our other roommate, Johnny, played drums."

"Mike was like a big blues-guitar gunslinger in Austin," Robinson said, "and

we picked him up for the pop band."

"Dude, don't believe any of that, please," Vlahakis pleaded.

"He used to rip [Austin blues guitar virtuoso] Ian Moore a new ass onstage every night with his guitar mastery," Robinson said, jokingly. "Every damn night."

"He'd go to those blues things in Austin," Morris said, joining in on the teasing, "and people would just gather up in line and jaws would drop, because he could shred."

"Mike

would be up there onstage,"

Robinson said, "and hit a note on the solo and stand there and just hold [the guitar] out and go, 'You've gotta pay the cost to be the boss up in here!' [Laughs] And then Ian Moore would just walk out."

"He knows when he's been defeated," Morris said, "that's the one good thing you can say about Ian." [RealAudio]

You can judge Dynamite Hack's musical mastery and penchant for one-liners during the upcoming dates:

  • 6/14 - Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's Cantina Ballroom
  • 6/16 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
  • 6/17 - Columbia, SC @ Elbow Room
  • 6/20 - Knoxville, TN @ Moose's Music Hall
  • 6/21 - Baltimore, MD @ Power Plant Live
  • 6/22 - Cohoes, NY @ Saratoga Winners

  • 6/23 - Providence, RI @ The
  • Met Cafe

  • 6/24 - Hartford, CT @ Meadows Music Theatre - WMRQ show
  • 6/28 - Camden, NJ @ Blockbuster-Sony Music Center - WPLY show
  • 6/29 - Pittsburgh, PA @ I.C. Light Amphitheater - WXDX show
  • 6/30 - Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
  • 7/1 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Park Zoo - Q101 show
  • 7/2 - Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
  • 7/4 - Ortley Beach, NJ @ Surf Club - WHTG show
  • The Eve 6-Goldfinger-Dynamite Hack tour is slated to begin on July 6 in Atlanta, and the following tentative dates have been released, with more to follow:

    • 7/6 - Atlanta, GA @ Roxy
    • 7/7 - Birmingham, AL @ 5 Points Music Hall
    • 7/8 - New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
    • 7/10 - Houston, TX @ Numbers
    • 7/11 - Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Live
    • 7/14 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre